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good morning. breaking news. tropical storm hermine forms in the gulf of mexico overnight, and it's taking aim it at the border between texas and mexico with the potential of dangerous flooding. we're tracking the storm. labor pains. president obama hitting the road today hoping to persuade the nation his administrationan get america back to work even with unemployment on the rise. can he help save the jobs of democrats in congress? and adult supervision. craigslist removes its controversial adult services section, but is it enough? will it come back?
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questions are still swirling, "today," labor day, monday, september 6th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and a happy labor day, everyone. welcome to "today" on this monday morning. i'm natalie morales. >> and i'm lester holt. the two of us are sitting here together, it means one thing, it's a monday holiday. we're laboring away. matt and meredith will be back tomorrow. always good to be with you. >> the "b" team. no, we're the "a" team. >> b-plus. anyway, this time last week, of course, we were watching tropical storm and then hurricane earl made a real close pass to the east coast and now we're looking back in the gulf there is a new storm to worry about today. >> that's right. it's tropical storm hermine which formed in the gulf of mexico overnight. it's the eighth named storm of the season. tropical storm warnings have been posted already for northern mexico and south texas, which
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could get hit with severe flash flooding. we're going to get the very latest on the track of the storm in just a moment. then, it has happened again. another woman has had acid thrown in her face, the second time in less than a week. this time the attack occurred in arizona. once again, it was another woman who did it. was it a topee cat attack? we'll ask an expert coming up. >> unbelievable. plus an nbc news investigation, why you might want to think twice before asking a store clerk to see if you have a winning lottery ticket. >> but we want to get started with that breaking news of a new torl, this one in the gulf of mexico. the weather channel's stephanie abrams is filling in for al. stephanie, what's the story? there's a huge plume of moisture associated with hermine and there it is stretching anywhere from mexico, but guess what, the system is heading rate towards the texas coast. as we head over the next couple of days, it could make landfall near brownsville on tuesday. it could bring flooding to texas but also the good news is that we need the rain in texas.
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we certainly don't need it here in mexico. as you can see the moisture associated with hermine caused some significant flooding and a lot of evacuations here as well. hopefully we do not see scenes like that in texas. lester, back to you. >> stephanie, thanks. we'll go back to you shortly for the rest of the nation's forecast. right now it is 7:03 and here's natalie. lester, today is no holiday for president obama as he hits the road trying to sell the administration's jobs plan. this with the jobs of a lot of congressional democrats in peril this fall. nbc's mike viqueira has more. good morning to you. >> reporter: it is all about the economy this week for president obama. he is set to up veil some new initiatives designed to boost employment and help democrats in congress keep their jobs in the bargain. with summer drawing to a close, the campaign season is now in full swing. pour the president, it promises to be an all-out political fight. >> i think if weigh voted tomorrow, we would do very well. >> reporter: republicans sensed big victories this fall and are
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on the attack against mr. obama and his party. >> he's covering from the left and has turned his agenda over to the liberals in the house. months before the election and it's all caught up with with him. >> reporter: the number one issue, the economy. with growth still sluggish and the jobless rate high. >> i don't want a pink slip. i want a paycheck. >> reporter: many democrats are in danger of losing their seats with some running away from their own leaders. >> that may not be what the washington crowd wants, but i don't work for them. i work for you. >> reporter: angry voters in swing states like ohio want more presidential poe cuss on the economy. >> we're about to lose our house and they keep talking about all these things that they can do to help you. if you don't have a job, they can't help you. >> i don't have to tell you this is a very tough time for our country. >> reporter: this week mr. obama will respond. today he travels to another swing state, wisconsin, for a labor day address. then in what is being touted as a major speech, the president goes to cleveland on wednesday where he will unveil a new plan to spur growth including more tax breaks for business.
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and on friday mr. obama holds a white house press conference where the economy is expected to be the major topic. >> i will be addressing a broader package of ideas. >> reporter: meanwhile, the president and his allies are hitting back at the gop's economic record. >> they drove us into the ditch and if we give the keys back to the people who did this, it would be like giving herbert hoover the keys in the mid-1930s. >> reporter: and, lester, we're learning more details this morning about the president's speech today in milwaukee, that labor day address. he's going to propose billions in new infrastructure spending on roads, railways and runways. lester? >> mike viqueira, thanks. howard fineman is also "newsweek" magazine's senior washington correspondent. howard, good morning. it's great to see you. >> good morning, lester. >> republicans have been mocking the president saying what happened to that summer of recovery? you've seen the unemployment numbers, 9.6% last week. in the past the president has said, look, it took us a long time to get in this mess. it will take us a long time to
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get out of it. now he's saying at least we've stemmed the bleeding. what is he going to say to placate people who are still out of work? >> well, lester, i'd like to say that being a political worker here is like rocket science. it's not. the unemployment rate was 7.6% when he came into office. it's now 9.6%. eventually is now. for people in places like clefld, where i was last week, this is the time he's got to say, i'm going to act further than i have. it's not a good bumper sticker, lester, to say it would have been worse had i not been here. the president needs to say, here's what i'm going to do next, which is the infrastructure spending, the business tax cuts. he has to have some things to say on the campaign trail this fall and he's going to start this week. >> the campaign trail is the point. it is an election year and that taints everything. he's going to talk about small business tax cuts, something republicans would typically support but they're not in this case right now. are they going to basically oppose everything? >> yeah, i think so.
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everybody has criticized them for being the party of no. right now the party of no looks like it's going to win big in november. you're right, this is something republicans would normally be for but the president's relationship with the republican party is completely poisonous and nonproductive. the president will go out there and talk about these things. with the democratic party strategy it's much different. it doesn't feature barack obama. it's hand-to-hand combat in each local district. personalities in the district, house stimulus spending has been spent in a particular district. that's what they're going to focus on. you won't see national ads featuring the president. you won't see national advertising about the health care law, which people are skeptical of. you won't see it about financial services reform which people are skeptical of. it's all local. >> you talk of hand-to-hand combat. some democrats are trying to save their own skin, running away from the president, running away from nancy mroes kri, basically trying to save their seat. what will democratic leadership do to try to get all their folks
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on the same page? what's the mantra? >> well, it's not going to be on the same page. it's going to be, you do it locally, emphasize your own personality, emphasize the parts of the stimulus plan that resulted in actual jobs and actual projects in your district. that's going to be one feature of it. attack the republicans. but i think the democrats understand that spending a lot of time talking about the bush administration is just not going to work. it's been 19 months now. the unemployment rate has gone up. the democrats have to go on their own and go local and the other thing democrats are going to do is go to districts they can defend. rather than prospect, they're going to retreat, make the perimeter smaller and try to defend with money and individual advertising those districts that they have a chance to keep. because what the democrats don't want is to lose more than 40 seats. if they do, they lose the house. >> howard fineman, have a good
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labor day. >> you, too, lester. it is 7:08. here's natalie. lester, thanks. and port-au-prinfor more, madam good morning and happy labor day to you. >> happy labor day, natalie. >> it is all about the economy right now and the biggest indicator continues to be those unemployment numbers as we heard on friday, sitting still at 9.6%, the private sector gained 67,000 jobs. the public sector lost over 110,000 jobs. i know those numbers were somewhat expected given the layoff of the temporary census workers. but, madam secretary, can you honestly say the situation really is improving? >> you know, if you look back where we were when this president took over, we were losing well over 740,000 jobs. in the last month alone, we've added 90,000 jobs on average. we're putting pry vac sector jobs back and the report that i saw tells me that we saw growth
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again in construction, 19,000 jobs there. i.t. and technology and obviously in manufacturing. we know we have to do more. this is a good effort on the part of the administration and i'm sure the president, as you know, will be speaking more about that later in the week about some other developments to help improve the economy and create jobs especially with the private sector and small businesses. >> as you mentioned the president traveling to cleveland on wednesday where he's expected to unveil a variety of measures designed to stimulate the economy including a $100 billion tax credit for businesses. but there are many small business owners who continue to remain worried about the tax increases that the bush tax credit expires at the end of this year. so will the president be -- what will the president be proposing to ease concerns and encourage job growth? >> he's also going to be talking later today at our visit to milwaukee about infrastructure and the need to create jobs in
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that area. we lost so many jobs in construction and in the trades area, and there's a proposal that he'll be talking about later that would provide for front loading, at least for the first six years, about $50 billion for highway, high-speed rail, transportation projects, that we really need to concentrate on. that will put people back to work immediately. these are projects and efforts that have bipartisan support that we know could possibly get support in the congress and the senate. >> and there's been some talk as well about perhaps a secondary stimulus package. when money from the first stimulus plan has yet to be fully spent, do you think that a secondary stimulus package might be necessary in order to help speed the recovery? >> i don't think we're talking about second stimulus. what we're talking about is looking at some projects that are already out there right now in the senate. we're wait to go pass the tax credit for small businesses and open up more lending through community banks. that's so important.
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everywhere i go, that's the scene that i keep hearing over and over again and obviously the infrastructure effort is something that's ongoing in congress. having been a member there, i know how important it is to continue funding because we know that that provides jobs immediately and both members of the house and the congress, as a former member, we all agree those things put people to work. they help our economy and they also help to put people there in good paying jobs. i would say that's really the focus of where this administration is going and, as i said earlier, the president will talk more about it later on in the week. >> all right. we're going to be hearing much more about it. hilda solis, happy labor day. and once again here is lester. natalie, thanks. now to the disaster in the gulf. the worst oil spill in u.s. history. today investigators are examining the failed blow-out p preventer that allowed millions of barrels of crude to leak into the gulf of mexico. it was pulled to the surface over the weekend. anne thompson was there.
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anne, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. for federal investigators looking into the cause of this human and environmental disaster, i can tell you this was no holiday weekend. that blow-out preventer was secured on the vessel that pulled it up to the surface, the fbi began gathering potential evidence. it emerged slowly from the gulf of mexico, a 1 million pound metal sea creature pulled up. as the sunset on the scene of the biggest oil spill in american history. the final 500 feet of the failed blow-out preventer's journey from the sea floor were the longest. once again hydrates, the crystals that foiled several attempts to cap the well caused trouble. the well site leader. >> the hydrates as they come up, they melt and they gas off. so as it's coming to the surface, we have to make sure that we're taking all of the safety precautions necessary so
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that gas is contained and held and let off properly. >> reporter: the structure was hoisted through the center of the vessel. hanging in the dark, the emergency brake that failed the night of april 20th when the deepwater horizon rig exploded in flames. now it's a 50-foot-tall piece of evidence that may yield clues to why this disaster happened. though the men and women working on this operation insist it is just another job, they are well aware the world is watching. some think not of the pressure but of the 11 men who died working on that rig in marvin morrison's thoughts, his friend, blair manuel. >> i think of their families. i think of each and every one of them, even blair. i think these guys, they deserve this. they deserve this to come up. we need to find out not only for them and their memories but for the industry. i know they would want it no
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other way. >> reporter: now along with the team of piefy evidence technicians also onboard was a team of bp attorneys. the blow-out preventer is heading for a nasa facility here in louisiana where it will be placed along with other evidence from the deepwater horizon rig. lester? >> all right. anne thompson in new orleans, thank you. and now a check of the rest of the morning's top stories from amy robach who is filling in for ann at the news desk. good morning, everyone. militants linked to al qaeda and the taliban are intensifying their attacks in pakistan, a key u.s. ally in the war on terror. this morning a suicide bomber rammed a car into a police station in northwest pakistan killing at least 19 people including two children. bombings last week claimed nearly 100 lives. nato says an american service member was killed sunday in eastern afghanistan, the fifth u.s. combat death so far in september. me
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meantime, the taliban is vowing to attack polling places during afghan elections starting in just two weeks. for the first time since the u.s. combat role in iraq ended last month, american troops there have been drawn into a firefight. sunday's battle began with a bombing at an iraqi military headquarters. american forces provided covering fire for eiraqi soldies but no americans were injured. a state of emergency has been extended for another two days to aid the earthquake cleanup in christchurch, new zealand. demolition crews began tearing down the 500 buildings ruined during the 7.1 magnitude quake. despite the heavy property damage, there was no loss of life. and continuing rainfall in guatemala has forced the temporary halt to rescue operations following weekend mud slides that claimed at least 38 lives. many more people are still missing. flooding in southern mexico has forced the evacuation of at least 5,000 people, heavy rainfall caused major rivers to overflow their banks there. and a woman admired by millions around the world is now
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being honored by the u.s. postal service. a new stamp on sale this week commemorates the work of nobel peace prize winner mother teresa born a century ago this year. it is now 7:16. let's head back to lester, natalie and stephanie. >> well-deserved honor. >> this morning, 62 is the temperature at the airport. humidity is down, barometer is rising. forecast for the barbecue is calling for a nice day t
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natalie, over to you. >> thank you, stephanie. there's been a sudden change to the website craigslist, under fire for its racy ads. a controversial section is now gone, but why now and is it permanent? here's nbc's jeff rossen. >> reporter: nestled among the ads for real estate, antiques and jobs, there's the other side of craigslist, the highly controversial adult services section featuring in some cases thinly veiled offers of prostitution. suddenly over the weekend the adult services link was removed and replaced with this. censored. a little black box that leads you nowhere. >> we are thankful that craigslist has shut down its adult services section, and we believe that act really lessens the suffering of so many girls who are being sold for sex. >> reporter: craigslist won't say if this block is permanent,
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temporary, or a message to its critics, of which there are many. last month attorneys general in 17 states wrote a joint letter to craigslist demanding they remove the adult services section. >> craigslist is operating an online red light district as obvious and in plain view as times square was back in the 1970s or '80s. >> reporter: the website came under fire last year after the arrest of phillip markoff, the alleged craigslist killer. police say he attacked women who posted adult ads on craigslist. markoff was charged with murdering one of them. markoff later killed himself in jail. craigslist promised to remove sex ads. so, just months ago, we rent add hotel room and put craigslist to the test here on "today." hi, i saw your ad on craigslist and i wanted to know if you're available tonight. our hidden camera investigation revealed women were still offering prostitution on the
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site. nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you, too. >> reporter: this undercover video is exhibit "a." in fact a new report finds craigslist makes millions on those adult service ads. $36 million this year alone, triple what it made last year. >> i do hope this has been shut down and is not a game of semantics. >> reporter: critics worry those suggestive ads will creep into other sections of craigslist. we logged on and found several. for "today," jeff rossen, nbc news, new york. and we should note craigslist did not respond to our repeated request for comment. coming up, it's happened again. another woman has acid thrown in her face, the second time in less than a week. so was this a copycat attack? we'll take a look.
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was freed, but it took firefighters to extract them completely. he is described only as a man in his 50s. a 2-year-old boy is dead after an accident in a backyard pool in anne arundel county. the child was found in the pool saturday morning and was pulled out of the water by a family member. he was sent to baltimore washington medical center but did not recover. let's get a check on the forecast. here is john collins. >> nice morning this morning. lots of sunshine. clouds on the bay and the city. pretty sunrise this morning. sunshine is the dominant thing. low humidity and cool temperatures. we're looking at this disturbance off to the northwest. already the rain is beginning to dry up a little bit. looks like this will stay to our
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north during the day today. we're up to 62 at the airport. humidity is 70%. it will be wall like 30%, 40% this afternoon. today, 81 at 85 at a high. very pleasant, low humidity. lots of sunshine. >> be sure to check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. we are back in 25 minutes with another live update.
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7:30 now on a monday morning, september 6, 2010. it is labor day. all those kids out there probably are here on this labor day and the treat we have in store for them, a live concert from teen actress and singing star miranda cosgrove. we're delighted to have her here. that's about an hour from now. inside studio 1-a i'm lester holt along with natalie morales. matt and meredith will be back tomorrow. talking about playing the lottery, millions of americans do it every day.
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if you rely on a clerk to check to see if your ticket is a winner, you may wind up a loser. wait until you see the results of our undercover investigation. also ahead, is it just as good an idea as a submarine with a screen door? we'll take you aboard a glass-bottomed balloon. that's right. you have to have a stomach of steel, i guess. later, a truly touching story 41 years in the making when a nurse here in new york city went to meet her new patient. well, the name sounded familiar to her. then when she met him, she realized it was her long lost father who hadn't seen her since she was a baby. and now, of course, they're catching up on some lost time. such a great story. really makes you believe in fate. >> touching and poignant story because he is terminally ill so they're making the most of the time they have together. we'll get to all that. fir first, it's happened again. a woman in mesa, arizona, was attacked with a cup of acid on friday just days after a woman in washington state of assaulted in the same fashion. nbc's miguel almaguera has more. she just looked at me with
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these eyes as if she was saying something. >> reporter: from her hospital bed, derri velarde recalls the moment she was ambushed and when the acid hit her face. >> but it immediately started to just burn. i was on fire. >> reporter: the 41-year-old mother says she was just outside her home in mesa, arizona, when a woman approached her in her parking lot and flung a cup full of acid at her face. she says her attacker never said a word. >> i just kept screaming, somebody poured acid on me, call 911. >> reporter: the attack on velarde is similar to another in vancouver, washington, just days before. >> i could hear it fizzling. once it hit me, i could actually hear it bubbling and fizzling my skin. >> reporter: 28-year-old bethany storro had been on her way to starbucks when a woman assaulted her saying, hey, pretty girl, would you like to drink this while throwing a cup full of acid in her face. >> if i saw her, i would
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instantly know. i would know right away. >> reporter: neither victim knew her female assailant and no arrests have been made. investigators say they think velarde's attacker singled her out specifically. >> it appears it's not a random act. it appears this is someone who was waiting there for her to specifically attack her. >> i can't see myself like i did before. >> reporter: in 2008 former british model katie piper was brutally raped and doused with acid that left her permanently disfigured and blind in one eye. she has spoken out about her ordeal. >> it was in split seconds, the pain was so phenomenal that i knew it was a substance of something like acid. >> reporter: a horrific form of attack, perhaps even more disturbing because in both recent cases neither woman had any clue why she was targeted. >> in time i'm going to forgive her. >> it could have been so much worse. it could have been so much worse. i'm lucky. >> reporter: against the odds both s it torro and velarde say
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they're determined to recover and move on with their lives. for "today," miguel almaguera, nbc news, los angeles. >> nbc news analyst clint van sandt. we're all shaking our heads here. this whole scenario is so disgusting. it's likely, possible, in these two cases different motivations but the fact it was the same method of attack, something as rare as assad, any doubt in your mind this was a copycat? >> no, i think it probably was, lester. realize that just this last friday, the same day the woman in mesa, arizona, was attacked a beauty contest entrant in columbia, south carolina, was attacked in the same method. again, that harkens back to perhaps one of her competitors, like a tonya harding/nancy kerrigan olympic skater type of thing. when we see this, this is not just trying to injure someone, lester. this is permanent. these are permanent injuries to
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the face as well as to the psyche. i mean, sometimes we even see these victims, they wind up, they won't come outside anymore, and we even see them pushed to the point of suicide because this is the way we identify with people. this is the way lester says hello. we see your face. your face speaks volumes before we ever open our mouths. >> we've heard of these kind of attacks before, primarily abroad. we've heard a lot in asia, usually perpetrated by men against women. in the two cases we were discussing here the attackers were women. so what do you take from that? >> well, so far i think in the first case the one in washington state, this is probably going to turn out to be someone with either a substance abuse issue or mentally ill and realize that was just a random attack. the victim just happened to pull up in front of a starbucks. the assailant happened to be there. she couldn't have timed that to tray to get this specific woman. whereas in mesa, the assailant
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wa waited for 1:00 in the afternoon when the victim was coming home. now realize this is a working mother. she has two jobs, four or five children, and someone still chose to specifically attack her. >> and we hear of all kinds of ways people hurt each other. you noted the face obviously has so much importance. when you see that kind of crime, what does that tell you about the specific kind of motivation, the hatred behind such an attack assuming it wasn't some kind of disturbed person? >> when we see the anger, the rage, i mean, this is someone perhaps an assailant in the second case who feels disempowered and she's going to get back. she may not be able to equal the victim in some areas, but she can, you know, throw acid in her face and she can really take away this person's femininity. she cannot only destroy her face but destroy who she is as a human being. lester, that's not just breaking a window on a car. that's shattering our whole
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image, one that cannot be put back together. >> and of course the fears we hear about, there could be other copycats. we can't ignore the attacks. they're out there. do you fear that others may adopt this method? >> yeah, i do, lester. as an fbi agent, i used to work bank robberies and when we knew we had one bank robbery, we knew there would be two or three more. in the case of acid in the case, a lot of people sit on the edge of the abyss. they're angry. they're rageful. they want to commit some tape of act against a person to get even. when they see something like this that's receiving international coverage, they may adopt this but, lester, this is nothing new. in the last ten years, just in my research, i found about 3,500 similar attacks around the world and there are probably more we don't know about. again, this is not just attacking my skin. this is attacking my very being and you're literally destroying me by doing it. you know, there are some societies, lester, when you do
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that, if you're caught, the penalty is to have acid dripped in your eyes. now we may not want to see that in america, but had is really such an attack it ought to be considered, you know, attempted murder and we ought to prosecute people along those same lines. >> well, it is absolutely just horrifying. clint van zandt, thank you for talking about the subject. we appreciate your time. >> thank you, lester. >> one more thing to be vigilant of as well. now a check of the forecast from the weather channel's stephanie abrams. >> announcer: "today's" weather is brought to you by advil. make advil your number one choice. and we have some girls visiting us from new jersey. how early did you have to wake up in order to get here in time? >> 2:30. >> was it worth it? >> yeah. >> it it was a little cool when you woke up this morning, wasn't it? those temperatures on the chilly side this morning in the 60s in the northeast a. look at our afternoon highs, a spectacular day into the northeast. but look at those 50s and 60s there through the northern plains. otherwise we'll see the sunshine and the 90s all the way through the south.
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>> high pressure over us should keep us dry, with all the rain to the north and northwest. plenty of sunshine. for your concert forecast 24 hours addai, go to weather.com. lester, over to you. thanks. and coming up here, making the most of today's labor day sales. we'll tell you where to find the best bargains if you hit the mall today. up next, if you like to try your luck at the lottery, the odds may be worse than you thought. if you try to cash a winning ticket with a dishonest clerk. the results of an undercover clerk.
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back now at 7:42. with a warpining for you if you play the lottery. you probably think if you have a winning lottery ticket you're going to get paid, right? chris hanson is here to tell you that's not always the case.
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>> reporter: we've been at this for a while now. tonight a brand-new investigation, a hidden camera investigation, as we folliclecal lottery investigators as they check the honesty of their retail clerks. we're back on the road with california lottery investigators and we're about to confront some of the clerks who may have tried to steal winning tickets. our first stop is a bowling alley in san jose where three months earlier an undercover investigator presented what should have been $1,000 winning ticket. but that's not what the clerk told her. one of the employees at the bowling alley, nick garcia, told the investigator none of them were winners when, in fact, one was one of those $1,000 winners. >> am i a winner? no? >> reporter: it was a woman names monique who mailed in a claim for the $1,000. investigators have confronted the lottery clerk, nick garcia, when we arrived. chris hanson with nbc.
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>> are you serious? >> reporter: garcia appears taken aback. >> i love your show. >> reporter: thank you very much. >> i'm a fan. >> reporter: garcia admits he stole the ticket but says he has never done this before. let me show you one thing that i think you're going to want to see. >> i already confessed to erything. there's nothing you can show me. i know. >> reporter: so she comes in -- >> no, i know. i've seen this already. >> reporter: did you know it was a winner? >> no, i didn't. >> reporter: but, remember, it wasn't nick who tried to cash the ticket. it was that woman named mo'nique. who is mo'nique? >> that's my girlfriend. i don't want to talk about this. >> reporter: later garcia pleads no contest to three felonies, attempted grand theft, receiving stolen property, and perjury. he's sentenced to 45 days in jail, three years' probation and fines. in consideration for garcia plead i pleading to all the charges against him, the case against his girlfriend is dismissed. of more than 600 stores they've checked all over the state,
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california investigators found that clerks mishand kled the winning ticket more than 70 times. but a funny thing happened clear across the country. we told the lottery here in new york we wanted to see if any of its clerks are ever dishonest. the new york lottery said it doesn't do stings like california. but wait until you see what happened when we tried to conduct our own test of new york lottery clerks. the lottery got wind of our investigation and sent out this alert to every lottery retailer in the new york area. it said, warning, nbc news is trying to trick lottery retailers into stealing winning lottery tickets. we thought that was odd, so we pressed on with our investigation in new york city. and later, the new york lottery director, gordon medinica, was not too happy when we asked him to comment on our results. can i show you the video? >> no. >> reporter: don't you think it would be good to show people in
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new york what you're doing to protect the integrity of the lottery? >> it's more important we protect the integrity of the lottery system and our players. we are interested in protecting our players not creating a reality tv show. >> reporter: well, the reality is that the director of the new york lottery interfered with our investigation, as you saw. we will show you the results of our investigation here and what was on that hidden camera video tonight on "dateline." >> best advice for people? >> check the tickets yourself. we all get lazy and especially people who play the lottery and have a big stack of tickets, it's easy to give them to the friendly clerk, hey, check these for me. you see the guy, one out of every ten or 20 times pitch it, to go back and get it knowing it's a winning ticket and they take the money. >> it's your job, your responsibility. go online. i don't think that chris garcia is loving your show so much anymore. the fact that they recognized you and yet there you are investigating them. >> exactly.
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>> thank you, chris. as chris mentioned, you can see the full story tonight on kgs dateline" at 10:00 right here on nbc. coming up next, we'll take you up, up and away in a glass-bottomed balloon. [ female announcer ] new dove go fresh. now with nutriummoisture. adding nourishment to freshness. so you can revitalize your mind and nourish your skin. dove go fresh with nutriummoisture. fresh at its best.
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apart from this and this. >> over ireland things went wrong. >> reporter: the first flight was in france in 1783. since then balloons have crossed the atlantic, circled the globe, reached great heights and speeds. and one of the great tourist dreams. now a new thrill, a see-through floor. what can go wrong? ♪ come fly with me let's fly let's fly away ♪ >> reporter: i'm in good hands, richard turnbull. he's had 2,000 hours of balloon flying. standing on glass is like standing on air, or maybe like you're about to fall through the floor. it's a heavenly feeling drifting like a cloud, quiet, sereme. by the time we get ready to land, i've even forgotten to be scared. they say there's nothing like landing, just a controlled crash. that's not true. >> bend the knees. >> reporter: you heard him.
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we're going down. >> are you okay? >> reporter: we're down. >> sorry about that. >> reporter: that's all right. i think this is called a controlled landing. so that was a controlled landing, i'd hate to know what a crash landing is. look how close we came to complete disaster, water three yards away. so, as it turned out, going up wasn't so bad. coming down was the problem. for "today," martin fletcher, nbc news, northampton, england. >> i'm glad he at least enjoyed the ride because the landing not so much. >> you think of all the things martin has done, laying his life on the line in war zones but that looked pretty serious. >> he could have been right in that canal. >> coming up, a reunion more than 40 years in the making. a nurse discovers her new patient is her long lost dad. >> grab the kids. miranda cosgrove will be here on the plaza. [ female announcer ] stay once...
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get your first full prescription free and save on refills. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for a look at one of our top stories. all baltimore teenager is behind bars, charged in a deadly shooting last month. according to anne arundel county police, he was one of three suspects to approach the 30- world as he sat in his car at west deanwood road. detectives believe the the man tried to drive off and that is when he was shot.
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let's get a check on the with weather forecast. >> couple of clouds hitting the baltimore area, but otherwise, sunshine is the dominant feature. disturbance and the great lakes will stay north of us. it a lot of the dissipating and moving into this area of high pressure. current temperatures in the 60's. let's look what the forecasters calling for. pleasant today. meeting the low humidity. southbound-to-sell east wins. sunset's this evening before 7:30. the days are getting a little bits captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- -- the days of getting a little bit shorter. in the beach area, temperatures expected to be in the 70's for the high. closer to 94 tuesday and wednesday. rain chance spotty for the
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weekend. >> as always, you can check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back at 8:25 with another live update.
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♪ 'cause when i'm kissing you my senses come alive ♪ 8:00 now on this spectacular monday morning. september 6th, 2010, labor day. makes it a day off for all these wonderful folks who have joined us today. a huge crowd. in half an hour they're going to get to kick off their holiday with one of our concerts with miranda cosgrove, our last of the summer. and as you know miranda cosgrove is a tv star from "i-carly." listen to her hit single, time
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to wake your kids up to tune in for this concert coming up. i'm natalie morales outside along with lester holt. coming up in this half hour, you have a really touching story. >> touching, poignant story about a nurse here in new york city. as she was preparing to welcome a new patient into her ward when she heard the man's name and she froze. it was her father who had left the family when she was just a baby. when she told her father who she was, he said, i knew you were my daughter. after 41 years they're getting to spend some precious moments together before it is too late. there is a sad twist to this. we'll tell you more about it and talk to her coming up in a few minutes. >> it was meant to be. also ahead, today is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. so coming up in a little bit, we're going to tell you if some deals seem to be better than others. we're going to tell you which products are the ones you should be going for today. lester, what was your first job? >> my first job i was in distribution for a major
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publishing company. i was a newspaper boy. >> really? i'm like, what? >> i was in distribution. i was a paper -- >> you have that aim down, on the doorstep. >> the beginning of my journalism career. >> and you pursued lots of jobs in journalism. >> knew what i wanted to do, yeah. >> well, start iing here tomorr on "today," matt, meredith, ann, al and i will revis the our first jobs and see if we still have what it takes. matt did just what you did, lester, distributing papers. still got that ai you can see that. >> where is his bicycle? >> well, he gets on the bicycle, too, not to worry. coming up again, "today's" first jobs tomorrow on "today." now let's go inside and get a check of today's top stories from amy robach in for ann at the news desk. good morning, natalie and lester. good morning, everyone. america is marking labor day with 11 million people out of work and a national unemployment rate at 9.6%. president obama is going to milwaukee today where he'll try to convince union members the
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jobs are being created just not fast enough. the president will also campaign for democrats who are being blamed by republicans for the nation's joblessness. new zealand's prime minister is warning his country's economic recovery will be hurt by saturday's powerful earthquake. the 7.1 magnitude quake destroyed up to 500 buildings and wrecked roads and rail lines in the city of christchurch. no one was killed. a state of emergency is in effect until wednesday. the pakistani taliban is claiming responsibility for today's suicide bombing that killed 19 people including at least nine police officers. the taliban says it's targeting police because they encourage residents to set up anti-insurgent mill iitias. u.s. troops in afghanistan's volatile kandahar province came under fire today. no americans were killed or wounded but a nato spokesperson says a u.s. service member was killed sunday, the fifth u.s. combat death so far in september. and just days after the u.s. formally ended combat operations
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and praised iraq's ability to defend itself, american troops battled heavily armed militants. the militants assaulted an iraqi military headquarters in the center of baghdad on sunday. residence in nova scotia on canada's east coast are cleaning up after tropical storm earl. it brought heavy rain and strong winds to the region over the weekend knocking down power lines and uprooting trees. well, 69 cow pokes in mexico set a guinness world record over the weekend for the most people lassoing at the same time. men, women and children twirld their ropes for nearly three minutes to beat last year's record of only 23 people. set in texas, the event was part of an annual festival in guadalajara. >> that takes some talent. let's get a check of the weather right now from stephanie abrams who is in for al. hey, steph. >> i know i-carly is a big deal but also this cold weather is a big deal, too. are you ready for it?
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>> i so need a couple more days of it. >> a couple more days of heat before we get into the colder temperatures. >> 45 degrees this morning and i'm ready for 80s. >> forget about it. let's have a look at our forecast in our pick city. i'm going to take you into michigan, bay city, michigan. 77 degrees with a few scattered showers. otherwise look at the cool air from montana, wyoming, but still hot deep into the south. >> cool and dry this morning. the rain to our northwest, and great weather for a labor day picnic. a lot of sunshine. natalie, back to you. >> all right, thank you, stephanie.
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they've been here since 4:00 this morning. thanks, guys. good job, girls. still to come, we're going to visit how pets are not just tolerated, they're welcome with open arms. but up next, a father and daughter reunited after 41 years. it's a touching story. thanks to the venture card from capital one, we get double miles on every purchase. so we earned an l.a. getaway twice as fast. we get double miles every time we use our card. no matter what we're buying. and since double miles add up quick... romans! get em! [ garth ] ...we can bring the whole gang. [ sheep bleats ] it's hard to beat double miles. whoa -- he's on the list. but we're with him. [ male announcer ] introducing the venture card from capital one with double miles on every purchase every day. go to capitalone.com. [ indistinct shouting ] what's in your wallet? [ children shouting ]ing ] come on, kiddo, let's go. [ laughs ] hold on a second... come on up here where your brothers sit.
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we're back at 8:09 with a touching story about a surprise family reunion. wanda rodriguez is assistant head church at calvary hospital in the bronx. last week a patient with terminal cancer was admitted with a familiar name, victor peraza, the same name as her estranged father who vanished from wanda's life more than 40 years ago when she was just a baby. wanda went to the man's hospital room and both instantly recognized each other. in a moment that neither will ever forget. wanda rodriguez joins us now. wanda, good morning. thank you so much for coming on and talking about this.
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>> good morning, lester. >> tell me when the last time you saw your father -- i understand that you never saw pictures as you were growing up. what did you know about him? >> that's correct. i knew that he -- he basically left, you know, when i was an infant. and that i resembled him and that my parents just basically split up when i was younger for their own personal reasons. >> so you're at work -- >> and that's all i knew. i never knew anything else. >> the name of this patient and you recognized the name. when you walked into that room and you saw him, can you describe the flood of emotions and what you were thinking? >> i walked into the room and he looked right at me and i saw his eyes and i kind of knew at that moment but i just wanted to make sure. so i just asked him shortly after i welcomed him if he had
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any children. he said, i have a daughter named gina and a daughter named wanda. and the minute he said that i just -- i just burst into tears and ran out of the room because i just couldn't take it. and shortly after that, i came back in, after i was a little more calmer, walked right back into the room and looked at him and i said, hi, i'm wanda. i'm your daughter. and he looked at me and he said, i know. i know you're my daughter. he said, i knew that when you walked out of the room. i said, that's my daughter, wanda. and it was an awkward moment. i held his hand, and within less than five minutes i just embraced him and just gave him the biggest kiss because i was so happy. >> what a moment you describe, and, you know, i think about this story and i think you could have been angry because he left you or you could have found this forgiveness. >> absolutely. >> you chose to find
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forgiveness. i know your father has terminal cancer. how do you view these days that you have together? >> i'm just cher ishg every moment with him because i know that i don't have much time left. it's very sad that we're meeting under these circumstances. he said that to someone the other day, what a moment to have met my daughter in this way, but how sad it is that i'm meeting her now that i'm dying. >> and, wanda, i know this is difficult. you have three children. they've had a chance to meet their granddad. how has that been for them? >> it's a bittersweet moment. my kids were very happy to see him, welcomed him as well with open arms and i bring them every day when i can just so they can enjoy the little time with their grandpa as well. >> and i know because he's a family member you're not allowed to actually take part in his care but you spend a lot of time in the hospital with him. can you tell me the kind of things that you two share and
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what you talk about, what memories you may have in common? >> we just basically talk about things that just come up in conversation. i don't ask him questions directly. of course i'm curious but i try not to ask him questions that i really don't care to know the answers about, just catching up on, you know, the person he is. i want to know what we have in common, what are his likes, what are his dislikes, and i found out recently that he has a love for pets. he loves dogs. i happen to love dogs. he loves classical music, which i do as well. and he's just -- i'm very much like him i realized in the past few days. i realize i'm very much like my dad. and i'm glad i had the opportunity to find that out. >> well, you two are lucky to have each other and certainly cherish these moments. wanda rodriguez, thank you so much for coming on and sharing this tale for us. appreciate it. >> thank you, lester. >> all right. we're going to take a break and
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i drove the '92 camry. i drive a 2007 camry. i was expecting the 2005 camry, and my sister got it. i was driving the '94 toyota camry, and my dad surprised me with a 2005 toyota camry. [ julie sighs ] i drove all of them, but i drive the 2009.
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[ interviewer ] why camry? reliability. yeah. affordability. [ male announcer ] share your toyota story on facebook.com/toyota. this morning on "today's consumer" labor day sales. if you're on the hunt for bargains you may want to call off the afternoon bsh cue and head to the shopping mall inste instead. janice lieberman is here to tell you why. good morning, janice. >> good morning. we have to get rid of the summer clothes. retailers want you to say good-bye to summer and think fall. many items are on sale today. if you know where to look. we hit the stores to find out what you should buy now and what items you should wait on. the beach wear is barely packed away and retailers want us to shop. how can they get us to put down our burgers and barbecue and hit the mall? run a sale. >> labor day has really become an opportunity for retailers to
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put opportunist products on sale, many even calling it their biggest sale ever. does it mean good deals for the consumer? absolutely yes. >> introducing hassle-free pricing. >> in need of new wheels? car dealers are rolling out the deals. >> the automobile industry lives on the fact that they're getting all the new models so they get very aggressive in selling the current year's models to clear the inventory. >> this family in search of new wheels. >> got tired of my minivan and being a soccer mom. we saw the commercials and i was bugging him to come and look and it was a great deal that we got today. >> there's zero percent financing on several vehicles or possibly cash back up to $2,000. >> reporter: you'll need a new car to take home all the bargains that are out there especially for home decor. >> celebrate on all styles you love. >> labor day is going to be a good time for the home sale
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product opportunity. >> reporter: a good deal on mattresses, furniture, and anything to do with the home. now is the time. >> now is the time. >> reporter: expect to find sales up to 70% off mattresses and furniture and once they get you in the mall, retailers want you to shop for clothes. and what about jeans, marshall? >> jeans are really a great opportunity for the consumer to save right now. the stores have been building up inventory in premium denim, $75 and over, so you can see 30% off on selected brands. but, you know, as we go and see the stores continue to get more competitive with each other, they're going to continue to put denim on sale. >> reporter: dresses at a bargain. >> these are some of the choices that i have. some of them are on sale. >> reporter: these dresses are not summer and they're already on sale. >> the retailers get out of the dress business mao. the consumer wants dresses all year round. this is a great time to go out and buy and build your wardrobe. every day dresses, special occasion dresses, all of them are going to be on sale right now. >> reporter: we like dresses.
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come on. >> you might like dresses. >> reporter: and coats, what about winter coats now? >> i'm scared to look at the prices. i'm terrified. >> reporter: but marshall says it's actually a good time. i am so not thinking about coats right now. >> this is the perfect time to start to think about buying a coat. you have the full selection and already they're on sale. this is the time now to take advantage of the best assortment at a discounted price. >> reporter: if you can't be convinced to think cold, think hot, as in summer stuff on clearance. >> summer stuff is going in and the fall stuff is coming out and hopefully you'll have something good on sale. >> reporter: how did i do, marshall? >> great deal. now is the time to go home, plant them, get them in the ground right away, and then let's go have a barbecue right at your house. grills are on sale. the perfect time to take advantage of it before they take them off the floor. lots of renovations going on
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because people haven't been able to sell their house so outdoor furniture, this is the perfect time to take advantage of it right now. >> reporter: got to go plant. bye. >> the must buys and the must waits. electronics, is it a good time to buy? >> some of them, the tvs, this is an l.e.d., but a lot are on sale, too. wait for those. plasmas they want to get rid of because they're phasing them out. >> computers? >> not really. i was surprised. >> back to school, i guess. >> back to school and the new models will come out in december/january and that's when they have to get rid of the old ones. so right now not such a great deal. >> footwear here. we have snengers and boots. sneakers are a good time to buy, right? >> sneakers, yes. they thought they would do better for back to school and they really haven't. they want to get them out of the inventory. feeling out the market to see what people spend and want. >> i buy the boots in summer and sure enough they go on sale. bulbs, now is the time. >> anything to do with outside
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barbecue. christmas ornaments, wait. they want to see what's out there. you'll start to see them. >> seeing them already is scary. >> if you missed today and you don't get out, there's columbus day sales. >> true. >> it seems like every few weeks there's another reason, a hallmark reason to have another sale. >> so overall it seems there's a lot of inventory out there so you are going to see a lot of good sales. >> they're feeling out the market. they want people to get excited. you're almost expecting a sale. >> they expect a deal. >> that's right. >> janice lieberman, as always, thanks so much. now here's lester. natalie, thanks. heading off to college for the first time can be tough. leaving your friends and family behind. for students at one small women's college in missouri, one piece of them can go with them. here's nbc's john yang. >> reporter: meet members of steven's college class of 2014. so what's your major? some are a little standoffish. a little camera shy are we?
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actually they're not students, their owners are. >> this is linda. >> this is chester. >> this is cory. >> reporter: this allows pets on campus since 2004. around here bags aren't always for books. the school's first dorm entirely populated by more than 40 students and their pets. pet central. there's a doggie spa in the basement. standard equipment in this dorm, a lint roller. freshman megan magill is away from her family for the first time. what does it mean to have your pet? >> kory, come here. >> reporter: nicole crow is cory's foster parent while he waits to be adopted from a local animal shelter. a transfer student from iowa state university. did you have a pet there? >> no, i did not have a pet. i had a roommate. >> reporter: which do you prefer? >> the pet.
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nothing against the roommate i had. >> reporter: classrooms are pet-free zones. when it's class time for students, pets can come down here to doggie daycare for a little play time with their dorm mates. hey, know of any good parties this weekend? it promotes the pet-friendly policies in its marketing. college president diane lynch has three dogs and two cats says there's more to it than that. >> we find that students who bring their dogs or cats or rabbits to campus actually are among our most responsible students. part of it is time management. part of it is responsibility. >> let's go for a walk. >> and part is having somebody to come home to at night when you've had a tough day who loves you at face value no matter what. >> reporter: for freshmen such as kimberly, the most important thing was that first night in the dorm. >> you realize you're away from home and this is it and daisy was laying right next to me and just cuddling with me and i was like, i'm not alone. it's going to be okay. i've got her. >> reporter: and that's a nice feeling for anybody.
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time for your close-up, daisy. for "today," john yang, nbc news. miranda cosgrove live in concert on our plaza.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. a 3-year-old boy is dead after an accident in a backyard pool and animal counted. the child was found in -- back up tool in anne arundel county. the child was found in the pool on saturday to he was taken to baltimore washington medical center but did not recover. a construction worker is recovering after being partially buried on the job.
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essex-but trench collapsed in on a man working on the job site -- a six-foot tranced collapsed in on a man working on the topside. it took firefighters to extract him. no word on the condition of the victim. now let's look at the forecast with john collins. >> a few clouds that in channeling up the bay in the early morning hours. stormy weather being held off to the north. just more clouds to the north of us. maybe a shower or a few sprinkles in pennsylvania or new york state. at conditionsook right now. 65 at the airport. wind and itortheast win will become more southeasterly today. south, southeast winds at 5-10.
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7:29, getting a little earlier each day. warmer and more humid on tuesday and wednesday. it will not do much for the garden. a little better chance for rain by the end of next weekend. >> we will see you back here at 8:55. as a career prosecutor i made decisions on facts not politics. in washington, i'm trying to do the same. that's why i voted to crackdown on wall street and protect the bay. and why i voted against the $3 trillion budget, the big bank bailout, and against the health care bill. you see for me it's not about democrats or republicans it's about common sense and doing what's best for our families. maybe that's why i'm ranked one of the most independent members of congress.
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i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message.
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♪ can we bring yesterday back around ♪ 8:30 on a monday morning, september 6th, 2010. we have a huge crowd starting the labor day with us. in a few minutes they will be treated to a live performance from miranda cosgrove. if her name isn't familiar, ask your it tweens.
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she's the lead character on the tv show "i-carly." her first album in just a few minutes. >> she has it all. that's right. she can act, she can sing and probably dance, too. also coming up, a lot of you may be planning your end of the summer cookouts. forget the hot dogs the forget the hamburger. we have great gourmet options for you from steak to pork. we'll show you how to kick it up a notch. and coming up later if you're tight for cash these days we have some options for earning some extra money online, everything from being a customer service representative to selling your craft. it can be a great way to make extra money. of course, as always, there are pitfalls as well. we'll show you some of the best options out there. >> we have a busy half hour. another check of the weather and stephanie abrams for the weather channel in for al. is this not the best birthday present you've ever had? >> it's great. >> did she sing everything you wanted her to sing? >> yes, pretty much.
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>> so it was worth waking up early? >> yes. >> let's have a look at your weather forecast here. maybe it's your birthday and you're about to head out the door, we are seeing really nice weather here in the northeast. also down throughout portions of the south, otherwise the threat pour is severe weather through midwest today. >> high pressure over us should keep us dry, with all the rain to the north and northwest. plenty of sunshine. natalie, back to you! >> all right, thank you,
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stephanie. coming up next, last-minute recipes for your labor day bash.
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this morning in "today's kitchen" back to basics for the traditional labor day cookout. if you've been enjoying the last blast of summer and don't know what to make for your big backyard blast, our chef has just the answer. alex is a judge on the food network and is the host of alex's day off. good morning, alex. good to see you. >> i hope you're hungry for a little protein breakfast. >> the smell is amazing. >> we have skirt steak going there. you marinaded it. tell me about it. >> i did something different for a little labor day fun. just mix some garlic cloves, way too many, i love garlic. >> you have like six. >> with some toasted fennel
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seeds and some fresh rosemary. for a little bit of a different twist we sear the skirt steak which doesn't break the bank and is so tasty. >> you sear it before you marinade it. >> and then put this on and let it sit. right before you're ready, give it another quick sear. >> does that help keep the flavor? >> i thought it sealed in flavors and then i had a colleague who said, yeah, absolutely not. >> but it just works. >> how long did you sear it? >> just a minute on each side. but what you get an amazing brown, nice steaky taste that we love. >> love that. >> leave that on just a few minutes in the actual marinade. >> that i'll pop back on the grill after it rests a little bit. we cut it across the grain. i notice you guys getting quieter which means it's about time to bite into the steak. and it's so tender.
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you just cut it across its natural grain and then to finish it we just put a little bit of it right on a plate. >> you don't want to overcook it because then it gets tough. >> mig in particular when you're picking one out? >> i look for a vibrant red color which means the meat has oxygen in it be a then a red wine and a vinaigrette with feta over it and just give that a little drizzle over the top for that last bit of freshness. which i love. >> this whole thing shouldn't take very long at all. >> so quick. >> that's the whole point. when enjoying the holidays we don't want to spend the whole time in the kitchen. i dent exa i don't exactly create date food. >> what are we working on? >> pork chops, which i think really need some fun, some liveliness. so i toasted some coriander and caraway seeds and you can do this in the food processor with
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just a pinch of sea salt and you just really grind that around and you can feel when you're doing this you're breaking everything up. >> i have so many spices i never know which to mix together. now is your time to explore, get creative. >> if you'd do the honor, add some paprika in there. way, way, way too much. four tablespoons. go for it. >> that much? >> this is a spicy moroccan chili paste i'm crazy about. as you grind it together all the spices come in. please pour some olive oil. >> some chili peppers as well. >> and some garlic. >> it's going to be spicy. going to have a kick. >> a little more. let her rip. we're going for broke. a little bit more and you see how this becomes like -- >> beautiful color. >> it has that deeply toasted paste look. which i just think is so tasty. and then wjust pop a little bit of that. once you take them right off the
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grill, what i like to do is put a little bit of lemon right on them. that's the italian in me. and then a little bit of the spicy paste. you don't have to use a lot or you can be crazy and add a ton. >> that's definitely not date food. >> this is a total wake-up call. >> that's amazing. that looks great. >> wonderful. >> and you can see what we have here, a little -- get over here behind you. >> my papers. don't mind me. >> i know we all have different kinds of desks, right? >> this is your desk. i wish i could be at this desk every day. >> more feta there. >> exactly. i was keeping this one fresh for you guys because i love that last minute. >> does this mean we can finally try it? >> you have a couple other items you prepared in advance. >> i did bring a couple other friends to the labor day party. >> a baked potato salad that is baked instead of boiling the
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potatoes so they don't get waterlogged. they get a wonderful roasted taste and i used all different kinds of poe tatoes with parsle fresh basil and then a blueberry pie because it's almost time for apple pie and thanksgiving so we're getting our last end of summer blueberry hurrah. >> the spices are amazing. >> it's perfect. >> doesn't the feta -- i think the feta is why you want to keep on eating. >> do you mind if i try the pork chop? >> i would love it if you did. >> just stand ten feet away from me the next couple of segments. >> not date food. >> this can be fiery. >> so good. >> water? need water? >> no. >> checking him out. >> eyes are going to start watering. >> great to have you here. now i'm feeling it. there it goes. >> see. >> there it is. >> sneak attack. >> a real pleasure. have a great labor day. thanks for sharing these recipes with us. up next, miranda cosgrove live in concert.
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♪ >> announcer: the toyota concert series on "today" brought to you by toyota. she is a tv favorite as the star of "icarly" but miranda koss degree of has quite a singing voice, too. here she is performing "kissing you" off "sparks fly." ladies and gentlemen, miranda cosgrove. ♪ sparks fly, it's like
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electricity ♪ ♪ i might die when i forget how to breathe ♪ ♪ you get closer and there's nowhere in this world i'd rather be ♪ ♪ time stops like everything around me is frozen ♪ ♪ and nothing matters but these few moments when you open my mind to things i've never seen ♪ ♪ 'cause when i'm kissing you my senses come alive ♪ ♪ almost like the puzzle piece i've been trying to find ♪ ♪ falls right into place you're all that it takes ♪ ♪ my doubts fade away when i'm kissing you ♪ ♪ when i'm kissing you it all starts making sense ♪ ♪ and all the questions i've been asking in my head ♪ ♪ like are you the one should i
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really trust ♪ ♪ crystal clear it becomes when i'm kissing you ♪ ♪ past loves they never got very far ♪ ♪ wall's up made sure i've got in my heart ♪ ♪ and i promised i wouldn't do this ♪ ♪ till i knew it was right for me ♪ ♪ but no one no guy that i met before ♪ ♪ could make me feel so right and secure ♪ ♪ and have you noticed i lose my focus ♪ ♪ and the world around me disappears ♪ ♪ 'cause when i'm kissing you my senses come alive ♪ ♪ almost like the puzzle piece i've been trying to find ♪ ♪ falls right into place you're all that it takes ♪ ♪ my doubts fade away
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when i'm kissing you ♪ ♪ when i'm kissing you it all starts making accepts ♪ ♪ and all the questions i've been asking in my head ♪ ♪ like are you the one should i really trust ♪ ♪ crystal clear it becomes when i'm kissing you ♪ ♪ i've never felt nothing like this ♪ ♪ you're making me open up ♪ no point in even trying to fight this ♪ ♪ it kind of feels like it's love ♪ ♪ 'cause when i'm kissing you my senses come alive ♪ ♪ almost like the puzzle piece i've been trying to find ♪ ♪ falls right into place you're all that it takes ♪ ♪ my doubts fade away when i'm kissing you ♪ ♪ when i'm kissing you it all starts making sense ♪ ♪ and all the questions i've been asking in my head ♪
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♪ like are you the one should i really trust ♪ ♪ crystal clear it becomes when i'm kissing you e♪ thank you. >> miranda cosgrove, thanks. we'll have more music in just a moment. as a career prosecutor i made decisions on facts not politics. in washington, i'm trying to do the same. that's why i voted to crackdown on wall street and protect the bay. and why i voted against the $3 trillion budget, the big bank bailout, and against the health care bill. you see for me it's not about democrats or republicans it's about common sense and doing what's best for our families. maybe that's why i'm ranked one of the most independent members of congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message.
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miranda cosgrove was only 10 years old when she appeared on tv as megan parker on the nickelodeon show "drake and josh." fast forward seven years and cosgrove not only has her own successful show "icarly" but is cementing her reputation as a bona fide rock star and singing sensation. her new album "when sparks fly." great first song. you have the rock star moves down. so this is your first album. took you three yaers to put it together. you started writing when you were 14 years old and now 17 years old. what kind of music were you inspired by? >> my mom got me really into the beatles at a really young age. >> wow. >> but also i'm really into
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other people. >> did you find your sound? >> yeah, that's why it was so hard to figure out what i wanted my album to be and it took me a long time. i'm happy i took the time. >> now you have a song called "kissing you" we just heard and that song, i understand, was about a crush that you had. >> yes. >> does the guy know that you wrote a song about him? >> i told him. >> how do you feel? that's pretty cool. he must have felt like, yeah, i'm the man. >> i was a little nervous. >> he's a stud now, i'm sure. and you're going to be touring with the new album soon? >> yes, i am. >> and speaking of the new season, the premier of the new -- the first episode is september 11th? and i hear there's a special guest star. >> jean lynch. >> from "glee." she's amazing. we love her. so what can we expect? how do you balance your future
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plans, you have "icarly" that you're shooting now, you're touring, you're singing, and what about college? >> i do want to go to college really bad. i want to go to nyu. >> all right. do you hear that, nyu? you have your next star right here. all right. well, miranda cosgrove, this is called "about you now." ♪ maybe i'm wrong you decide ♪ ♪ should have been strong yeah, i lied ♪ ♪ nobody gets me like you ♪ couldn't keep hold of you then ♪ ♪ how could i know what you meant ♪
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♪ there was nothing to compare to ♪ ♪ there's a mountain between us ♪ ♪ but there's one thing i'm sure of ♪ ♪ that i know how i feel ♪ can we bring yesterday back around ♪ ♪ 'cause i know how i feel about you now ♪ ♪ i was dumb i was wrong i let you down ♪ ♪ but i know how i feel about you now ♪ ♪ all that it takes one more chance ♪ ♪ don't let our last kiss be our last ♪ ♪ i'm out of my mind just to show you ♪ ♪ i know everything changes ♪ and i don't care where it
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takes us ♪ ♪ 'cause i know how i feel about you ♪ ♪ can we bring yesterday back around ♪ ♪ 'cause i know how i feel about you now ♪ ♪ i was dumb i was wrong i let you down ♪ ♪ but i know how i feel about you now ♪ ♪ not a day passed me by ♪ not a day passed me by ♪ when i don't think about you ♪ and there's no moving on 'cause i know you're the one ♪ ♪ and i can't be without you ♪ can we bring yesterday back
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around ♪ ♪ 'cause i know how i feel about you now ♪ ♪ i was dumb i was wrong i let you down ♪ ♪ but i know how i feel about you now ♪ ♪ can we bring yesterday back around ♪ ♪ cause i know how i feel about you now ♪ ♪ i was dumb i was wrong i let you down ♪ ♪ but i know how i feel about you now ♪ ♪ yeah, i know how i feel about you now ♪ ♪ yeah, i know how i feel about you now ♪ thank you.
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>> miranda cosgrove, thank you. we'll have one more song from mir anda a little bit later but first your local news and weather.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. a baltimore teenager is behind bars, touched in a deadly shooting. marcus mcfadden of baltimore was one of three suspects to a perch air kill as he sat in his who approached. telesat and his car. mr. hill tried to drive off and
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>> here is a look at the forecast with john collins. >> most of the morning lows for in the 50's. i pressure will be the dominant feature today. by tomorrow we will get a more humid air flow, but it looks almost perfect for labor day. south, southeast winds, five to 10 miles per hour. it will be a little cooler in the mountains. kaiser and the 70's to near 80 or so. -- highs and the 70's to near 80 or so. >> thanks for joining us.
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